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The latest property market data shows that with a clear pattern emerging, homeowners can plan ahead and build the shield to prevent unexpected losses of income or assets.
Vulnerability is not new, although the use of that label has taken on a new significance in recent years. The FCA talking about Vulnerable Customers is not new either – launching their first consultation on the subject in 2019 and publishing their industry-wide regulatory guidance in February 2021.
In the month of June, the monthly searches for re-mortgaging took a significant leap, with a nearly 22% increase on the previous month. This was revealed in exclusive data from Twenty7tec. On top of this, purchase mortgage searches increased by 0.6%, along with buy-to-let searches rising by 11% when compared to May 2023.
Economic forecasts released on Monday, 12th June, have predicted a continuation of interest rates, despite a more optimistic bigger picture. Although many may be hopeful for more economic stability on the horizon, there may be a considerably longer period for lethargic growth in the financial market.
The world as we know it has transformed into an age of technology and digital advancements, with younger age groups at the heart of this dynamic shift. As a result, the financial services industry has undergone significant changes in recent years, significantly driven by the influence of the tech-savvy generations, such as Gen Z. Evolve ahead of the curve, so you’re one step ahead of the competition, ready to meet your clients’ needs.
The forthcoming Consumer Duty has received a lot of media coverage. Whilst much of this has been high-level, there is a key area in FG 22/5 that is yet to receive a spotlight in the wider press. However, it epitomises one of the key concepts behind the Consumer Duty – trust.
It’s useful to think of championing your customers as a mindset rather than a task to complete. Ideally, putting customers at the forefront of your services should be like second nature, ensuring the process flows smoothly whilst keeping customers happy.
In Britain, first-time buyers of property are making waves with a record-breaking figure so far for 2023. Hamptons are reporting that first-time buyers make up 27.1% of the buyers’ market at the time of writing. This trend features a gradual rise from 21.6% to the current figure since 2018.
As all advisers will already know, mortgage demand is currently heading for a 12-year low, with high interest rates causing repercussions throughout the industry.